Do you have a loved one at home that you’re asking, “Which is better non-medical home care or memory care for dementia?” There is no answer that is 100% right but Accredited Home Care wants to help you determine which will work best for you by keeping you informed.
Comparing Non-Medical Home Care or Memory Care for Dementia Patients
Our standard non-medical home care combined with our home health services may be the best answer to keeping your loved one at home. We’re hoping that you can determine if non-medical home care or memory care for dementia is the best option once we present the options.
Non-Medical Home Care for Dementia Patients
Our typical non-medical home care offers a variety of services. Some of what we offer with non-medical home care includes:
- Specific Knowledge about Dementia Care – Our caregivers are fully trained to understand dementia patients; including non-Alzheimer’s related dementia
- Personal Hygiene Assistance – Always keeping the client comfortable during personal hygiene care is important. We will assist as much as needed for bathing/showering, incontinence, toileting, reminding them to use the bathroom, brushing teeth, and more.
- Meals – Getting a dementia patient to eat can become a challenge. Our caregivers will work with the client for as long as possible to create healthy options for meals and snacks; allowing the patient to choose what they’re hungry for and want.
- Light Housekeeping – Keeping a clutter free house that is clean is important for dementia patients. Our non-medical caregivers can play a vital part in keeping a clutter-free, safe environment.
- Flexible Scheduling – We have the ability to offer a flexible caregiving schedule based on the needs you have specifically for your loved one. This is very useful if you need a break from caregiving yourself, want to socialize. It’s also helpful for those who have sundowner’s syndrome, have their sleeping schedule confused, or are often wandering off.
- One-on-One Companionship – While there can be some personalization with memory care units, the one-on-one companionship allows for a special bonding between a few particular caregivers.
Non-medical home care allows a patient to age at home. Our company allows for the choice of adding skilled home health care options that can bring extra care in to take care of medical needs.
Memory Care for Dementia Patients
Memory care facilities can also be referred to as lock-down units, Alzheimer’s units, dementia units and long-term senior care facilities that can change the level/type of care as the patient’s abilities change. The benefits of placing dementia patients in memory care units or facilities include:
- Constant Social Interaction – Whether it’s a planned outing, the community rooms with activities (planned and unplanned) or simply being surrounded by peers there is almost always the ability to be socially active for as long as possible.
- Dining – Meals are generally served in dining halls with 2 or 3 choices. Because diet needs and eating abilities can change quickly with dementia patients it’s important to make sure the facility knows the needs of your loved one and is making sure they are not only eating but also able to eat safely. Also, some residents may require being removed from the dining hall due to confusion and distraction.
- Safety is Important – Specific to dementia patients, the units’ the doors will be locked to deter wandering from the facility. Most places will offer outdoor areas that are safe for the patients (such as a fully enclosed courtyard) so they get fresh air and sunshine.
- 24/7 Staff – There is always a non-medical staff on duty; along with some skilled medical staff available at all times. Therapies are usually offered on site as part of the memory care lifestyle and skilled nursing staff will handle dispensing medications as needed.
Memory care facilities are focused on providing safe and focused housing specifically for those who have dementia.
5 Thoughts About Choosing Non-Medical Home Care or Memory Care for Dementia
- Combined Home Care – What most would consider the best case scenario is the ability to combine non-medical home care and home health care to create services similar to what memory care units but at home. Aging in place is the most desired way people say they want to enter their golden years.
- Aging at Home – This is an option that takes a lot of commitment from the family and friends. The important part is to be realistic about your goals and take it day by day; while also being prepared.
- Safety – Safety is the most important part of caring for a dementia patient. Many will be affected by anger, confusion, inability to sleep, frustration, lashing out violently, wandering, getting lost, or other issues that put them at a high safety risk. This is the biggest obstacle when dementia patients age at home.
- Memory Care Facilities – When you ask if non-medical home care or memory care for dementia is best; you have to realize that there is no “correct answer.” Memory care units are operated specifically for the best quality of life possible while dealing with the mental and physical challenges associated with the dementia. However, with the proper combination of non-medical home care and home health care it can be possible to age at home with dementia for some too.
- Understanding Dementia – It is important that you fully understand dementia and all that it encompasses. This video will help you understand dementia and help you figure out what the future could look like for you and your family.
We Can Help
We offer a variety of services that can help you care for someone you love who has dementia. Non-medical home care or memory care for dementia can be a confusing and difficult issue but we can help you make your choice.
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